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Whirlpool Jet Tours has officially launched its 2014 season, offering heart-racing rides and close-up views of the world-famous Niagara River whirlpools.In operation for two decades, the tours include a one-hour, educational, guided ride up the river, allowing guests to soak in the scenery of the beautiful Niagara Gorge and pass by two hydroelectric generating stations on …

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Whirlpool Jet Tours has officially launched its 2014 season, offering heart-racing rides and close-up views of the world-famous Niagara River whirlpools.In operation for two decades, the tours include a one-hour, educational, guided ride up the river, allowing guests to soak in the scenery of the beautiful Niagara Gorge and pass by two hydroelectric generating stations on …

“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” is a harmless but almost charmless adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. It’s a derivative hash of grandpa’s story, set in the present day, given forgettable new tunes by pop songsmiths such as Bryan Adams that are sung by the likes of Lea Michele, Martin Short, Hugh Dancy and the opera…

“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” is a harmless but almost charmless adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. It’s a derivative hash of grandpa’s story, set in the present day, given forgettable new tunes by pop songsmiths such as Bryan Adams that are sung by the likes of Lea Michele, Martin Short, Hugh Dancy and the operatic Megan Hilty of TV’s “Smash.” And it’s …

The Niagara History Center’s Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, built circa 1823, will be open for two event weekends in advance of its 2014 season.The fully furnished home will be open during a “History in Your Backyard,” program, 1 to 4 p.m., May 8-10, and during the “Path Through History” weekend, 1 to 4 p.m., June 7-8.The 12-room h…

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The Niagara History Center’s Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, built circa 1823, will be open for two event weekends in advance of its 2014 season.The fully furnished home will be open during a “History in Your Backyard,” program, 1 to 4 p.m., May 8-10, and during the “Path Through History” weekend, 1 to 4 p.m., June 7-8.The 12-room home is listed on the National Regis…

The Buffalo Audubon Society hosts walks at Knox Farm State Park, located at 437 Buffalo Road (Route 16) in East Aurora, at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturday each month. The May events will focus on current fauna and past stories.On May 3, walk participants will learn about springtime plants that bloom and grow before their peers in “First Flowers of the Year. …

The Buffalo Audubon Society hosts walks at Knox Farm State Park, located at 437 Buffalo Road (Route 16) in East Aurora, at 9 a.m. the first and third Saturday each month. The May events will focus on current fauna and past stories.On May 3, walk participants will learn about springtime plants that bloom and grow before their peers in “First Flowers of the Year.” On May 17,…

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Actress Melissa Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series “Little House on the Prairie,” will help Genesee Country Village & Museum celebrate “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days” on Aug. 2-3.Anderson will give a presentation each day at noon at the museum’s Village Square, followed by a question-and-answer period. From 2 t…

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Actress Melissa Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series “Little House on the Prairie,” will help Genesee Country Village & Museum celebrate “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days” on Aug. 2-3.Anderson will give a presentation each day at noon at the museum’s Village Square, followed by a question-and-answer period. From 2 to 4 p.m., she will be available for aut…

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.Visitors are invited to tour the 10,000-square-feet of exhibits. The day also will feature a 2 p.m. program on the War of 1812 by Town of Tonawanda historian John W. Percy.Museum volunteers Marg Bauza, Bill Bauza, Penny Buterbaugh-Naimi and Benton H…

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.Visitors are invited to tour the 10,000-square-feet of exhibits. The day also will feature a 2 p.m. program on the War of 1812 by Town of Tonawanda historian John W. Percy.Museum volunteers Marg Bauza, Bill Bauza, Penny Buterbaugh-Naimi and Benton H…

NIAGARA FALLS – This “Eggstravaganza” is sure to appeal to all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. April 19 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave.The “Family Fun Day” will include a wide variety of offerings, from crafts to a basket raffle and don’t forget a picture with the Easter Bunny (for a $5 fee).Craft/activity stations wi…

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Having a rough week with the kids? I know a mother grizzly bear that would be happy to trade places.“Bears” features a grizzly named Sky, who travels from snow-covered mountains to salmon spawning grounds, protecting two cubs that we’re told each have a 50 percent chance of dying before adulthood. Food is hard to find, and papa bear is nowhere to be found – presumably robb…

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Having a rough week with the kids? I know a mother grizzly bear that would be happy to trade places.“Bears” features a grizzly named Sky, who travels from snow-covered mountains to salmon spawning grounds, protecting two cubs that we’re told each have a 50 percent chance of dying before adulthood. Food is hard to find, and papa bear is nowhere to be fo…